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  • Peter Hastings

    Peter Hastings Oct. 4, 2001, 10:53 a.m. (Message 27729)


    As one of a small group of Strathspeyers looking at the vexed question of
    cribs I would like to make a few observations.
    As Malcolm noted, different people have different ways of remembering what
    they need to to dance a particular dance. Some work with patterns and for
    them a visual aide-memoire like Pillings may be the most useful. Others work
    with sequential series of instructions and for them either a written or
    spoken re-cap is more suitable.
    Cribs are provided at dances for those whom they suit. They may well not be
    written in a way which suits you, even if you are one of those who prefers a
    written re-cap. The terminology may be different, or particular points in
    the dance may be emphasised when the difficult point in the dance, for you,
    is not highlighted. In such a case it is not only polite, but better for you
    and those with whom you dance for you to use your own notes. The use of the
    supplied cribs is not mandatory - they are simply offered for the assistance
    of those who have nothing else.
    The obvious solution to unintelligible cribs is, as some have suggested, to
    produce a standard crib terminology in the same way that Pilling has a
    standard lexicon of symbols. Such a solution has the same drawback as has
    Pillings - if the 'standard' doesn't suit you then you won't use it.
    The next section needs to be in capitals.
    Cribs are personal aides-memoires. They should be written, after having
    danced the dance in question, by the person who will have to use the crib.
    Other people may find them useful or not.
    End capitals.
    A spoken briefing will cater for those who best take in information aurally.
    All three forms are needed if the largest number of folk are going to do the
    dance succesfully. If all three are used, certain consequences result:
    	Those who brief can't get snotty with those who appear to be reading
    while they are re-capping. You may think they're not paying attention to the
    dance 	but really they're just not paying attention to you.
    	People who are reading (words or pictures) during the re-cap need to
    shut up so that the briefing can be heard.
    Simple, isn't it ?
    Peter Hastings
    Royal Observatory

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